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media to make your elected officials accountable. there is no reason they ought to be taking recesses when they are facing a sequester frankly. the debt ceiling back in 2011. half our time in the senate between january and june, half of our time was not spent on legislative business. in fact in 2011 alone, it was one of the fewest number of days we've been in session since 1992 and here it was coinciding with one of the event that created the highest level of policy uncertainty of any event over the last 20 years, surpassing the wars, surpassing the financial crieses, september 11th. just to name some major events. and that debt ceiling debacle did more to disrupt the public's confidence in the integrity of the political process in washington. so you have to make your elected officials accountable. have you social immediate yafment you can build an online community snainsly and you get a message multiplire. by doing that you can find out where your law makers are. are they in session five days a week? they should be working. these are things you can be doing now. these are simple solu
went down in the last the election, too. >> went down from the standpoint that they lost to democrats unlike some of these mr. murdoch for instance. we are supposed to wonder chris richard murdoch, indiana. >> why we don't have the women's vote when we have a candidate suggesting that a child born as a result of rape is a gift from god. i'm not wondering why we don't have more women voting for republicans. >> chris: let me ask you about that. karl rove called the conservative victory project to try to get into the the primaries to make sure there are more electable republicans. congressman you are about to start your own super pac to promote electable candidates in republican primaries. have any problem with that. first of all, why do you think that is wrong? >> i think the definition of electable is what we are debating here and you you look at who has been winning elections. it has been interesting exciting young inne energetic e like ted cruz and marco rubio and if you apply the establishment litmus test which tends to be biased for people already in office you will not get the new
to the last election. rove wastes no time firing back. >>> also today, a deep dive. previewing president obama's trip to the middle east this week. will expectations grow for a major peace plan progress before the end of his presidency? >>> good morning from port aransas, texas. >> it's monday, march 18th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." >> now here's chuck todd! >> big thank you to maddie and noah salazar. on spring break at port aransas, texas. first reads of the morning. by the way, see the beach when it's sleeting behind me is kind of a nice little picture there. >>> right now republican party chairman reince priebus is unveiling his own autopsy of what went wrong in 2012. while the report blames the process more than gop prince ips or policy position it also admits more problems than you might expect. >> there's no one reason we lost. our message was weak. our ground game was insufficient. we weren't inclusive. we were behind in both data and digital. and our primary debate process needed improvement. there's no one solution. there's a long list of them. >> pretty brutal report. based
"newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. up ahead, cyber attacked on a florida election is raising alarms about security at the voting systems across the country. so this attack involved more than 2,500 phantom requests for absentee ballots during the august primary. our chris lawrence who has been digging into this. chris, what do we know, election officials now being able to detect that something happened, something was wrong. how did they do that? >> basically two things really jumped out at them, suzanne. they looked at two things. one, the fact that all of these requests were coming from what looked like the same computers. also, they were coming in so quickly they figured no human being could enter that much information that quickly. those were two big red flags. then they started to look further and determine that the internet -- the i.p. addresses of these computers were blocked. once investigators were able to dig in and look at them, it turned out that all of these i.p. addresses were going through what's called an anonmiser. in india and the uk sort of a way to wash your tracks on th
to only fund candidates they consider viable in a general election. it was a message that drew a quick response from one of the party's top strat gists. >> the last thing we need is washington, d.c. vetting our candidates. if these experts who keep losing elections, keep getting rehired, raking in millions -- if they feel that strongly about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck up or stay in the truck. buck up and run. the architects can head on back to -- [ cheers and applause ] they can head on back to the great lone star state and put their name on some ballot, though for their sake i hope they give themselves a discount on their consulting services. >> first of all, i live in texas, i don't live in washington. >> yeah, but -- >> second of all -- >> you're a little dirty here now. >> second of all, look, sarah palin should be agreeing with this. she didn't support todd akin. when he said the reprehensible things he said she wisely came out and said he ought to get out of the race. racking in millions, i'm a volunteer. i don't take a dime. i pay my own travel expenses
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to the specifics. watch for the senators from red states up for re-election and the pressure is greatest on them. they are away two weeks now from washington, back home, and there will be pressure on them. they will hear from their constituents about what to do from this. if you don't have much support, if any, among republicans, you need those democrats to get it through. >> hey, mark, give me a sense of harry reid's role in this. he wants to keep that title senate majority leader. navigating through these ice floes of this. >> it's already on the side of those who would like to see a large package, including a pretty big risk background check provision. it's not clear to me what more opponents can be to put pressure on senator reid. senator reid has a long history with the nra. they did not support him in his re-election race and i think he is looking for a path that not only protects his own views on gun control and not only tries to accommodate the white house but try to protect the majority. i think he is very stensive not just on guns but a range of issues too. all of these democrats are u
to our colleagues in congress that fear is not an option. fear of not being read elected, we are paralyzed right now. we have to stop it. >> is there anything that congress can pass to curb the piling -- violence? there is nothing that can be done that would protect our children in the vast majority of america, do you agree with that? >> i refuse to believe that. i am hoping that we will pass some version of a repeal of a writer that has been attached to the appropriations bill. all of us are trying to work to repeal the amendment, which means that it would make it easier for law enforcement to conduct gun tracing efforts. right now they are preventing so many ways. i think there are some measures. uphill battle, but we have to ask the american people that this is a wake-up call. we have to rally around, ensuring that your members of congress are accountable to what you believe will provide for safety for our children. >> when this newtown, connecticut, this situation happened, they were horrified and felt that this was the tipping point. this was the signal moment that somet
to make after struggling in last year's election. among the notable things that they are mentioning, $10 million they are going to spend to reach out better to minorities. they are also going to try to better use technology, something that they have struggled with in the last election, and hold their convention earlier so that the candidate can start using the election funds earlier. a couple changes they are trying to make as they try to regroup and move forward heading into the 2016 election. a lot going on. >>> vallejo police soiearching r a gunman that shot and killed a man. investigators have not given out any details on a suspect or motive. >>> a motorcycle rider was killed in a multi-car crash on interstate have 80 near walnut creek. four cars were involved. a motorcycle, 350-z burst into flames after that collision. details of what happened remain unclear but a witness says the motorcycle and another car were driving recklessly right before. chp investigators are urging anyone who saw that crash to contact them. >>> a follow-up right now to a traffic story in hayward that could t
back in november. dissecting the election defeat, the gop has found that it is viewed as narrow-minded, out of touch, and full of stuffy old men. one calls for major changes in style and strategy, but how do they go about repairing a deeply divided party? cnn's brianna keilar is here in "the situation room," and she's taking a closer look at this report and fascinating material inside. >> fascinating material inside, and one of the things we're seeing in the republican party, what it's planning to do, is invest some serious money to build the republican brand in areas that are not republican strongholds, sending republicans basically ambassadors to participate in events in minority communities and even visit historically black colleges and universities. ♪ the math in jay z's campaign trail anthem was a little off. 219 is more like it, if you're talking about the gop failure in the last presidential election. >> there's no one reason we l t lost. our message was weak. our ground game was insufficient. we weren't inclusive. we were behind in both data and digital. and our prima
, the economy is waiting to be unlocked. enthey went on to say that's why we desperately need to you elect at least 17 democrats. 17 democrats in the house would give them the majority come 2014. >> yeah. look, it is a very, very ambitious goal. i believe the last time that the president has won that number of house seats in a six-year election, a mid, six year midterm was 1822. he has got his work cut out for him. i would suggest joe biden remember, house republicans were elected to do a job too. and they're doing, for their constituents exactly what they said they would do in the last election. so it is not as if republicans would bend to the president's will simply because he won an election. bill: that point is that the focus is on the debt. which one might argue would not be there unless you had house republicans pushing for that or at least holding the line. one final point, you say biden has given the game up here. what does that mean? >> yeah, look, i just think if there were a real charm offensive, if they actually wanted to find a deal, what would you not see is the vice presiden
an election in which they think they got shellacked. the republican party lost because it's not conservative. it didn't get the base out. in the 2019 election. >> eric: your thoughts? >> greg: it's hard to take a rebranding suggestion from someone named reince priebus. it sounds like a disorder you get from a shampoo. it's true! the party doesn't need a makeover. they need a makeunder. the party has been victimized by the media who smeared them as uncool. no way to be a republican and be cool. it's associated also to being old. if you look at mccain, most people thought he was a cranky old guy, when he was a war hero who spent five-and-a-half years in a prison camp. most people didn't know that. they saw a cranky guy trying to beat a young black man for the office of the presidency. they need to simplify and say -- who do you want to be? you want to be an individual. you don't want to be part of the government. strive for achievement. how cool is that? that is what you get out to young people today. ref ject government influence. how simple is that? >> eric: is it smart for the g.o.p. and re
the election. >> look, when you're in the business of trying to form a compromise, get the other side to even come to the table with some commonsense ideas, i'm not surprised that the president is a little lower than 50%. but, you know, we have a budget now, we have a moral document, a blueprint for the policy debates that are going to take place this summer. one of the interesting things that i enjoyed watching was at 2:00 a.m., is that we got a chance to -- i don't get those other channels, george. but, they had an opportunity to talk about the keystone pipeline, they had an opportunity to talk about a biannual budget. this gave the senators more than an opportunity to talk about big issues as well as the budgetary. >> scored a lot of political points with all of those amendments. >> they did. and while this is a normal piece of legislative business, one does wonder why they did it at 5:00 in the morning? but it is a good thing they got it done. >> you're nodding your head? >> yes, it does seem a little strange that they work sometimes on the hill in a slightly banana republican-esque way.
. and it wasn't so long as throughout the 2012 election cycle they spent a lot of time insulting black voters, insulting hispanic voters and ignoring asian voters. this is going to be an ongoing challenge for them if they want to woo minority voters because people don't forget. and i doesn't think they fully understand just how much damage was done through that election cycle with the rhetoric that was used. it was not lost on us when they made a point about obama voters being lazy, wanting free things from the government. those comments were not lost on our communities. the other issue the republican party has and what they need to address is their unwillingness to call out racism when it occurs in their party. when democrats, there was a situation recently where a liberal group made a comment about senator mcconnell's wife and progressives were very quick to condemn those statements because they had racial overtones. the republicans have got to be willing when people in their party say something sexist or racist to condemn it and push those type of people out of the party. and they seem unw
you call an organization that has over 900 elected mayors from around the country a front organization. it's a group of people that -- lou: what do you call it? >> it's the group that dealt with gun violence, but it's, you know, when you get something like 95 #% of the american people supporting bkdz checks, 85% of gun owners support it, 80% of the nra members support it, but congress has reluctance because of the nra. it shows the will of the people -- lou: do you really believe they are so afraid of the nra, or do you believe that they have some conscious towards their con stitch wents and want to represent the values and desires of the constituents? i mean, are you really writing off all those people in the senate and the house of representatives and saying they are nothing more than cowardly fools at the service of the nra rather than voting their conscious? >> i would not call them "cowardly fools," but i have ran for office and been elected for office, and it's not an issue that they know the background of or cares about, that a lot of times they look at the intensity of the oppo
for re-election in those kinds of states. so we're seeing some of this debate shifting to the states. i mean, because of this difficulty of getting these federal laws, some states have already started passing their own. colorado's governor signed the law there yesterday. we saw the very sweeping law in new york, although already they've had to back off a little bit on magazines because the problem is they didn't actually manufacture the kind of magazines they were talking about. having said that, rana, could this be where this debate is shifting? joe biden's somewhat optimistic belief notwithstanding. >> i think so. i think new york is going to get attention no matter what because of mayor bloomberg being involved in this issue. again, i hope he continues strongly down this path because i think he has the power to sort of look across both sides of the aisle and really bring some unity here. i think it's interesting that some of these western states are actually moving ahead and passing laws. i think that goes to the point that we have this idea that, you know, particularly in the west a
that parachutes into communities four months before an election. while that is how we operated years and years, and done well as compared to ourselves. in comparison to the other side, the obama campaign lived in these communities for years. the relationships were deep. they were authentic. >> he is absolutely right. >> yeah. priebus announced 10 million dollar plan funded by the rnc that would focus on establishing permanent footholds in african-american and asian communities. they would begin their campaign sooner. >> a great idea too. he was talking about a june or july convention. >> right. >> less debates. >> less debates. >> i think it's great. >> for the next presidential election cycle which makes a lot of sense. maybe seven or eight of them instead of 23. to stop the party from cannibalizing itself later on. it's sort of looking like rebranding. >> what is wrong? you don't like that idea? >> i think it will be hard to enforce. >> why is that? >> a lot of media organizations that want to do debates and the party can't stop those organizations from offering to do debates and candidates
is the surest way to lose the next election, that is one of the conclusions? >> right. it says that you can't act hostile to immigrants or hispanic americans or have hostile rhetoric and expect them to vote for you. it may not be the number one issue for immigrant americans or hispanic americans but it is one of those issues where you have to sound like you're welcoming before they can look at other issues. so that was one of the areas where they recommended. and frankly, a lot of republicans are already on board with this, leading the way is marco rubio obviously and the gang of eight which is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. jon: we've seen president obama going in for soft media interviews, "people" magazine, "the view", "the daily show" with jon stewart. republicans have to do the same thing according to this report. >> sounds a little bit frivolous but maybe it is but one of the suggestions in the report that republicans do more apearns poos on colbert report and daily show and do interviews with "us weekly." they have very serious proposals in the report. some things whic
them f-16s and tanks for this country whose elect hed president is associated with a terrorist organization and publicly called jews blood suckers and the descendants of apes and pigs injuries the president will be going to israel neck week and it is important that the american people give him a message rather than he give the israelis a message. that message is this. mr. president, americans stand with israel because it is a mirror image of our own freedom and democracy. and before you demand the israelis to give up land, ask the palestinians to give up terrorism. meantime, tell the israelis to build as much as they can and tell the palestinians that if they don't like this they can recognize the right of the israelis to exist safely and securely within their god it given biblical boundaries. that is probably never going to happen so i say pour the concrete, build the houses and let israel be strong. [ applause ] >> mike: a new, washington post abc news poll shows the president's approval rating at 50%. a 5% drop since the beginning of the second term just two months ago. the
in the couple of months leading up to a presidential election, but they need it year round, and they need it in places, the chairman says, where they normally don't go like blue states and like urban areas. it's kind of obvious why they are doing this. go back to last november. the republicans didn't win back the white house. they didn't win back the senate, and they definitely had a problem with younger voters and with minority voters. mitt romney doing very well at all with either of those groups. that's why you're seeing this, and $10 million is a lot of money, don. that's why they hope they can make some changes here. >> and if you're in the battleground states, i was in a battleground, you were there as well, they are taking a page out of obama playbook because they were -- they had been in those communities. their ground games were amazing. they knew the people in those communities and they had personal relationships and that's how they won and today reince priebus admitted that as he was announcing that they are going to announce his plan come tomorrow. what will -- what will go be
display of republican soul searching, the rnc is set to release an internal review of the 2012 election, what many people are calling an autopsy report. it includes some 200-plus recommendations for reversing gop fortunes in 2016. among the recommendations, reducing the number of primary debates. moving the party's convention from august to july or even june. and to go where the report says the gop has not gone enough. we're talking about outreach, and inclusion. here's what rnc chairman reince priebus is saying about that. >> we're going to be announcing a $10 million initiative just this year which will include hundreds of people, paid, across the country, from coast to coast, in hispanic, african-american, asian communities, talking about our party, talking about our brand, talking about what we believe in. >> at the bottom of the hour, ari fleischer the former bush white house press secretary will join us. he co-chaired this rnc project. he helped write this report. >>> president obama expected to announce his pick for labor secretary today. it's thomas perez, the assistant attorney
in his state by state elections for the 2012 election. just imagine what numbers guru nate silver can do for your march madness bracket. >>> the world lead -- 70,000 people have already been killed in syria's two-year-long civil war but now reports that forces have started using the kind of artillery that could kill that number of people in a matter of days. i'm referring to chemical weapons. as of now the reports are unconfirmed. if true, it is unclear who fired them. each side blames the other. i'll bring in nick walsh standing by in beirut, lebanon. the rebels say the government killed 25 people with a chemical weapon. help us out here. who is telling the truth? >> reporter: it still isn't really clear, jake. we don't have confirmation chemical weapons were used but there are two separate incidents. one in a city in the north, aleppo, in which the regime says it was hit by a chemical weapon fired by rebels and the russian government backing that up one activist saying this seems to have landed between rebel and regime lines and may have hit civilians in the regime area and regime troo
, mahmoud abbas and king abdullah of jordan. >>> so you thought the election season was over. huh-uh. it is primary day in south carolina, folks. i'm talking low country. you see it right there. this state's first congressional district anchored by charleston and what a cast of characters this little race for congress. you have a man known as the former governor of the appalachiap ppa lash shap trail. the son of a certain media mogul, and you've also got the sister of a very famous funny man. and don't to get this, we're talking about south carolina. home of kamikaze style politics. this is an old fashioned street fight why a state where they all intersect. john avalon, piece choinice cho words. good to see you, sir. you had a trip to charleston. we of course begin with mark sanford, the guy who famously told reporters he was, you know, hiking on the aptrail but was actually having a bit of a tryst in arrest again see in a. is it true that he asked the woman who divorced him, jenny sanford, to run his campaign for this congressional seat? >> so that has indeed been reported. awkwa
the election but continues to win policy. also on twitter fred wilder says when did senator reid become the most powerful republican in the united states. i want a real democrat as a majority leader. teamster said sadly, this is true, senator feinstein was against filibuster reform so she is now reaping what she was sown >> bill: she was not there with tom harkin and others. and geoff merkley for oregon who wanted to get rid of that filibuster, but she was on the other side. well, sadly for her. maybe she regrets it now. ron is out in elgin, illinois. hey, ron what do you say? >> normally, i would say good morning, bill. but it's not a good morning. the leaders have failed us again. this issue just irritates me right to the core of my bones. >> bill: yeah. >> caller: we have lost our soul as a nation if 203rd graders gunned down in less doesn't turn this nation to do something about the assault weapon ban, i don't know what will. >> bill: go back to the example of we talked about it, australia australia. right? when they had the brutal massive killing back t
detailing where the party went wrong in 2012 and how to reverse fortunes for the next election. >> we have to relate things to people's lives. we have to win the math war, which we do a good job of. but we have to learn how to win the heart war. in presidential elections what is plaguing our party. >> this comes after the first sort of votes of 2016 were cast this weekend with kentucky's paul winning cpac straw poll. we're joined live from washington with mark. i took a look at embargoed copy of this report coming out today. there are more than 200 recommendatio recommendations. >> it comes back to demographsidemographic demographics. what was very troubling for them as well as asian-americans as well. what prebus said on "face the nation" it's going to cost money. this is what he said. >> we'll be announcing a $10 million initiative just this year which will include hundreds of people paid across the country from coast to coast and hispanic, african-american, asian communities, talking about our party, talking about our brand, talking about what we believe in. >> there you have it. reince
. >> if these experts who keep losing elections, you keep getting rehired raking in millions, if they feel that strongly about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck up or stay in the truck. buck up and run. the architects can head on back to -- they can head on back to the great lone star state and put their name on some ballot. >> oh, that did not go over too well with karl rove, the man known as the architect of george w. bush's presidential campaigns. >> i appreciate her encouragement that i ought to go home to texas. i'd be ennewsed if i ran for office to have her support. but i don't think i'm particularly good candidate, sort of a balding fat guy. and second of all, i'd say if i did run for office and win, i'd serve out my term. i wouldn't leave office midterm. >> ouch. our question, in a i'm threat cal match-up, who wins over the republican faithful, karl rove or sarah palin? >> sarah palin. simply because she's just more likeable. you may think she's an idiot, you may think she has no idea what she's talking about, but there is something about her charisma that attracts a large nu
them to be free and freely elect and we're not happy-- >> and so we're going to give them-- >> we're not happy with the palestinian's decision to elect hamas, but we want those people to have freedom and them to decide. >> we're giving terrorists money. colonel west, why would we give terrorists money? >> well, i don't think we should be giving terrorists money. i think that that is going back to a chamberlain type of foreign policy appeasement. and originally whsecretary of state kerry went to egypt, wanted to meet with him and he refused to and it was not covered, you had protests in the united states of america, in egypt for supporting terrorists and the same in the west bank, leslie referred to, they're defacing pictures of president obama, throwing shoes at it and believe that the supposed to be quote, unquote insinuated in cairo have been turned back again. and when you talk about a two-state solution, you have to have a willing peace partner on the other side and not just that there's not really a two-state. you're talking potentially three-state solution because hamas and
of marriage. >> doma is important because congress said it was important. i mean we sent our elected representatives to washington, d.c. and they chose to say that marriage is one man and one woman for purposes of federal law. >> reporter: conservatives say the founding fathers never contemplated gay marriage. >> because it's clearly not what anyone understood as marriage at the time of the framing of the constitution. >> reporter: still, same-sex families pay taxes and don't get the same benefits and the issue with doma really gets complicated if they have children who are also excluded from benefits. >> when we have kids i would like them to be born in a post-doma united states. >> still, california is one of only a handful of states that gives most of the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples and domestic partnerships. one question is whether any ruling by the court on california could affect all of those other states in the same way. fred? >> thanks so much, joe johns in washington. >>> bill clinton signed doma into law when he was president. now he's asking the u.s. supreme c
times to repeal a ban appeal obamacare. on election night they lost that. in 2010, get ready for this. the obama administration has been so straightforward and honest. nancy pelosi, harry reid, they have been honest people of public service. the cost of obamacare is now, that was just the early estimate. it had moved up to $1.1 billion. did i say billion? trillion dollars. $1.2 trillion. >> look at this, quite interesting adjustments. $1.1 trillion. than $1.2 trillion. well, the current estimate is $1.3 billion. the pattern will continue. twenty-one new taxes. twenty-one new taxes that will amount to $675 billion. this is getting expensive. among the most controversial, 2.6% tax. another $43,000. house republicans voted last summer to repeal this that they had installed it in the senate. senator orrin hatch renew the effort today. he introduced a bipartisan amendment with nine democratic cosponsors to roll back that medical device attacks. so what about presidentspromised to cut health care insurance premiums? $2500 per family. one study commission that obamacare will increase the cos
with it. the social media was very important for their election. they have been able to har net that engine that they used in the campaign and make it work for them and governing. when they made their press transscripts available on the record, the press secretary james haggard was very interested in getting things out directly. he said in one of his diary entries, to hell with reporters, we'll go directly to the people. those have to do with what the president is doing inside the white house, and then that information spreads. so you can have smgs like "the huffington post" thinking i could simply go around them in the white house press corps is irrelevant. it remains very relevant. >> the white house issues a photograph of the president in any setting, but it is only a society photo. are news organizations becoming reluctant to use that photo? >> it is really quite the opposite. they have started picking up that image on flicker. what you see is the white house photographer is there to photograph the president, not the presidency, not what's happening in the white house, but s
for upcoming elections at a time when violence is on the rise. >> all right, here's your first look at your dish of scrambled politics. they're warming to the idea of same-sex marriage but many oppose marriage equality. karl rove signaled there could be a major shift in his party's outlook. >> karl rove, could you imagine a republican candidate saying i'm for gay marriage? >> i could. >> the supreme court begins arguments on it, the legality and one benefit to endorsing the notion with one strategist te telling politico opening up the idea will open up donors around the country. >>> zuckerberg is forming an issues advocacy organization focusing on comprehensive immigration reform. >>> rand paul doesn't want to legalize drugs but doesn't want them to go to jail either. >> the last two presidents could have conceivably been put in jail for drug use. it would have ruined their lives. it got lucky but a lot of poor kids don't get lucky. >> pending senate bill would give judges greater flexibility to work around mandatory minimum sentences for those crimes. >>> claire mccaskill is throwing her s
's very simple. it's to stop noncitizens and especially illegal immigrants from voting in u.s. elections. federal courts have been split on the issue. an appeals court did strike it down. this issue has not gotten a lot of attention. it could prove to be a mid one when the court wraps up its term in june. >> a lot of people wonder if a lot of illegal immigrants are starting to vote and according to one poll, they said .001% of florida's voters turned out to be illegal. so why there is so much attention for what really is a small problem? >> reporter: i find the answer is a lot like a lot of things in politics. there are two political parties that run in parallel existence and see completely different things. there are a lot of republicans who argue it is a big deal and it's just not paid attention to. a lot of people say it's an issue that fraud is not being addressed properly and you have studies on that the democratic side who say it's hardly an issue at all. it's something that's spurred the political debate and i'm not sure it will be settled. >> the republicans just finished up thei
there since resigning last month citing his age but he's been following francis' election as pope and inauguration before the huge crowds in rome. time for politics. we start with one of my favorite topics. the budget. earlier this morning while you were sleeping the senate passed a budget that came at the end of a marathon session of amendment votes. welcome to both of you this saturday morning. okay. the democrats budget bill passed at 5:00 a.m. 5:00 a.m. and it passed by one single vote. mostly it's symbolic. how big of a deal is this? >> finally we can get on with our lives. no. i think actually in all reality the only thing it really does is take off the table a huge republican talking point that they've had for three years complaining that democrats haven't passed a budget. now it really focuses on the real work ahead which is let's pass something that is real that is based on solutions where both democrats and republicans can come together to figure out how we move forward with the big problems that we're facing and i think that's going to be the real battle, christine. we'
voting in u.s. elections. federal courts have been split on the issue. an appeals court did strike it down. this issue has not gotten a lot of attention. it could prove to be a mid one when the court wraps up its term in june. >> a lot of people wonder if a lot of illegal immigrants are starting to vote and according to one poll, they said .001% of florida's voters turned out to be illegal. so why there is so much attention for what really is a small problem? >> reporter: i find the answer is a lot like a lot of things in politics. there are two political parties that run in parallel existence and see completely different things. there are a lot of republicans who argue it is a big deal and it's just not paid attention to. a lot of people say it's an issue that fraud is not being addressed properly and you have studies on that the democratic side who say it's hardly an issue at all. it's something that's spurred the political debate and i'm not sure it will be settled. >> the republicans just finished up their big c-pac conventions and one of t
t moving into the next cycle of e elections and announced yesterday he is going to spend $12 million of his own money in the senate races. these are not even senate races. these are in states where he thinks we can get the votes from senators for the gun safety measures that are now in the u.s. senate. so this is the influence of gun safety legislation, including the assault weapons ban that president obama wants out of the senate. on "meet the press" yesterday, michael bloomberg said yeah, it's my own money and i think it's certainly appropriate that this is the way that i spend it. >> if i can do that by spending some money and taking the nra from being the only voice to being one of the voices so the public can really understand the issues, then i think my money would be well spent and i think i have an obligation to do that. >> bill: yes, i remember he did won, his candidate, i for get her name right now won that special e ladies and gentlemen to take reverend -- not reverent but jesse jackson, junior's seat in chicago. she didn't have a prayer un
hurt from the elections. and one of the criticisms leveled at him was he mismanaged the relationship with the united states. and here was the president all smiles and friendship and patting each other on the back. that was very good for mr. netanyahu. he relished it and he took advantage of it. but this was the first cause. the second cost somewhat less tasty for the prime minister. >> rose: what is less tasty for him? >> he himself endorsed or reendorsed the idea of two state solution for a palestinian state. but his concept of a state or his concept of a settlement is more modest than that of president obama. and when secretary of state kerry returns to the region in a short while to pursue the work, these differences will surface. they were not-- they came out unilaterally by the president in the speech but they will come up fully when secretary kerry returns to the region. >> rose: but how did barack obama come to the presidency with what attitudes did israel, what commitments, what sense of significance for him? >> i think you have two book ends to this story. the cairo speech o
to dampen his expectations what he will achieve politically, elections coming up in may and he thinks he can do well in those elections. the turnout today, people not that interested, it seems, don. >> not that interested so it -- even if he comes back to the country and hugely unpopular, chances are he would not win. >> reporter: no. the chances are he wouldn't win. look, when he -- by the time he left the country the population had turned against him. there have been hard economic times and there are some people that look back to the days when he was on power and see the country being better and that's one of the things he comment order when he came back. the country is economically more immover i shalled. i don't think anyone holds out the hope she the man that will fix it. he discredited the army and now has the threat, death threat, hanging over his head from the taliban. how will he get out on the streets and effectively campaign under those circumstances? >> nic robertson, thanks very much for that. >>> coming up -- >> i pronounce you legally married. >> is america going gay? on the p
that's going to change her election. she's worried about louisiana. she's worried about getting re-elected in that state. and until you see the zeitgeist change within the state, these politicians are not responsive to that. where bloomberg can make a huge difference is he can go into a local race, a congressional district, he can go in on a state. when mary landrieu starts seeing bloomberg money against her, then i think she might change her mind. >> let's talk about bloomberg money. as if he's got bloomberg money. "the new york times" quotes thomas mann from brookings, said the $12 million in advertising was unlikely to influence the outcome of the legislation, unless lawmakers were convinced that mr. bloomberg would open his wallet again after the vote, both to reward those who supported the bill and to punish those who did not. that's absolutely key, said mann. what do you make of that? >> i think that makes sense. in the immediate environment we're in today, one of these media campaigns can be a flash in the pan. but i think this is a long game and think it's a long game for good reas finally tonight, more waste, fraud, and abuse in california. in bell, california, five former elected officials of been convicted for getting themselves big salaries at the expense of the residents in the city where more than 25 percent live in poverty. the bankrupt city of san bernardino is giving police and firefighters a million-dollar pay increase. this comes after city officials claim they can barely make peril . why the hike? the city's charter mandates pay for these workers be tied to attend similar size california cities to all of which are in much better financial shape and san bernardino. impact, in irvine in pasadena, home values and property taxes are three times sandino's. boost have the city charter overturned have failed in the city council. again, this city, filing for bankruptcy in august citing a $46 million deficit and goes before a judge tomorrow. it is stupid moves like this that are keeping cities and agencies like the post office drowning in debt. there is more people involved and not a fix the problem. we just need to get the monitor. that's my "2 cents more,"
friend bebe. he knows, benjamin netanyahu just won re-election like the president has. the netanyahu is likely to be in the job for a while. he is fated to have to deal with him. so it makes sense to have this kind of at least, get the relationship back into at least a, some kind of, lack of hostility at a minimum. jon: it was written in one of the papers that the president offered to israel or israelis the kind of warm embrace that they are accustomed to getting from american presidents but they hadn't gotten from this president up till now. >> no, they haven't. there is no question about that. in fact the first term was full of testy exchanges and i think that the president thought, okay, i can twist israel's arm and make them do this. it turns out he really can't. he needs their trust. now he also went to ramallah and met with the palestinian authority leader where they were a lot warier about u.s. commitments and you think he discovered that, there is still a long, way, jon, for there to go between if we get peace between the palestinians and israelis. it is an interesting questi
by that is the 2010 electorate that elected republican house of representatives was a much more conservative, a much older in terms of demographically and much whiter electorate than the 2008 or the 2012 electorate. that was the high point of anti-obama backlash. >> tea party. >> the tea party. that produced a house of representatives and it produced state legislats lislature that gerrymanders to lock in a quau si permanent republican majority in the house. in 2012 republicans lost a million more votes in the house than democrats and maintained a fairly significant majority. so what has happened is the moment in which the public was most plausibly behind a program of austerity and cuts and inl posed pain, which is what this is about, has passed. and yet it is carried forward through this kind of trick of the budget control act, the debt ceiling deal, and all these straitjackets that have been put onto the process so that we are now two years later, even though there's not public support for it in any deep sense, it has been repudiated at the ballot box by a fairly significant majority, house, senate
a baert that four months before aven election. that's how we coperated for yeas and years and we have done well compared to ourselves. in comparison to the other side the obama campaign lived in these communities for years. the row layinelationships were authentic. one of the major things you will see tomorrow come out is that for the first time in our party's history we are not talking about having a few people down the hallway working on outreach and inclusion we are going to be announcing a $10 million initiative just this year in which it will include hundreds of people paid across the country from coast to coast and hispanic, african american, asian community talking about our party. talking about our brand, talking about what we believe, going to community events going to swearing in ceremonies being in the community ongoing paid for by the republican national committee to make the case for our party and candidates. >> he said that he is also -- that he would also like to see a shorter primary process and convention. before you leave the house let's get an update from maria molina. w
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